• On the second day of trial in Republican Norm Coleman's lawsuit over Minnesota's U.S. Senate recount, lawyers questioned half a dozen voters whose absentee ballots were rejected. The witnesses attested that photocopies on hand at the trial were of ballot envelopes they had filled out and expected would have been counted. The Coleman camp is seeking to get as many as 5,000 rejected absentee ballots counted in its effort to overturn the result of the recount that left Democrat Al Franken with a 225-vote lead.

• Deputy Secretary of State Jim Gelbmann testified at length about the criteria and procedures local election officials used to accept or reject absentee ballots. He said judging signatures was the main area in which officials exercised discretion.


• The trial resumes at 9 a.m. today.